June 1, 2014 Subject:
I'm On Board Guys...
I have to agree with Augy and Norman that this is a five star show. There is a lot to like about it though I have to admit I've never been much of a Shakedown fan. The energy is pretty high tonight and I shouldn't judge the quality of the show and the quality of the recording with that prejudice. And, thankfully, Jerry has gotten his voice back in November (after ten months of horror) which makes all the difference. If he hadn't, this would have been a four star show. As a polka dancin' fool, I'm a big, big fan of this here M&MU > Big River thingamabob. It's an absolute scorcher with Bobby really getting into the extra-joyful cadence (love that repeated "I'm-a-gone-a-sit-hear till I die" rag). It's powerful. And he's almost gotten rid of his little Pat Boone-ish phase of Minglewood with the song maturing into a devastating, ballsy monster in the fall of '80.
Mr. Menke did a superb job of recording the show. It sounds like he's in the sweet spot thirty feet from the stage, not sixty, with his hand-held mic(s). And from the liner notes, if I recall, the crowd outros had to be cross faded for an easy-on-the-senses ambience. That extra work by Derek McCabe is greatly appreciated. Thanks Derek.
June 7, 2013 Subject:
I didn't know Bob Menke very well but he had a great reputation,I also recorded this show myself but ...!
Perhaps it was dumb of me, given that it was definitely the best sound they ever had at U.C.L.A. and consequently my best recording, when the soundboard came out I eventually taped over mine with the board!
I too liked the "Stella Blue", but I liked others versions better for example, the one I recorded at Winterland '78, (mine doesn't cut like the board), or when it rained at Red Rocks earlier this year '79 so they had to move to McNichol's in Denver, not to mention although I wasn't there, the last day of 6 at the Orpheum in San Francisco in '76 which was broadcast on the radio.
Regardless, of this "Stella Blue" as compared to others; without a doubt having heard many, this is one of the best versions of "Shakedown Street" with that keyboard of Mydland and the jam as as whole -> "Bertha" with the revolving accent (in Bertha on a chosen beat up through and especially beat #5)! The whole show is fairly good just like the San Diego shows before it, yet I'm still a bit partial to the second San Diego show and not because I live now 2 1/2 blocks from where those where; at the time I lived in Hermosa Beach (L.A. county).
Good recording of an above average show. MOTB always produce quality digital matering of FOB Gems like this.
I Loved the Loser and Shakedown. It is cool to hear Brent sing really high (falsetto?) when he first started with the band. Who wold have thought he would befome a growlin' blues monster?
February 18, 2009 Subject:
A great, great show!!!
This Pauley Pavillion show is a recent discovery of mine and it's a definite '79 standout, smoking from start to finish. Highlights are difficult to choose in such a great, great show, but I must mention "Tennessee Jed", a sizzling "The Other One" and a very pretty "Stella Blue"......and the great quality of this AUD recording. PEAK '79-vintage Dead!!